20 December 2011

Help CDO and Iligan Flood Victims

Here's how to help the flood victims.


Smart Money: Donors to Typhoon Sendong may help through Smart Money acct. no. 5577-5130-6822-1104 at any BDO, Hapinoy or Cebuana Lhuillier outlets.

Text: Smart subscribers may donate to Sendong victims via text. Send RED to 4143. Valid donation amounts 10, 25, 50, 100


Gcash: For GCASH, donate through Red Cross by texting DONATE MPIN REDCROSS and send to 2882.

Text: Text RED and send it to 2899. You may donate in these denominations: 5, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 and 1000.


Through Bank Deposit

Gawad Kalinga Philippine Peso Current Account

# 3101 0977 56 BPI EDSA Greenhills

Gawad Kalinga US$ Savings Account

# 3104 0162 34 BPI EDSA Greenhills

Swift code: BOPIPHMM

4. LBC Express is now accepting donations for typhoon Sendong victims. You may drop off your donations in any LBC Express branch. To All Pinoys in Singapore you can drop your donations at LBC AirCargo #04-077 Lucky Plaza, Orchard Rd.


Emergency/Relief goods and equipment bound for Cagayan de Oro/Iligan- we have ships ready to transport them asap. For bulk items, bring directly to Abotiz/Negros Navigation, Pier 2, Manila. Call +63 2 211 5484 for more information.


Donations can be sent to: National Resource Operations Center (NROC) 852-8081(24 hours),Chapel Road, Pasay City (back of Air Transportation Office).

Donations can also be brought at all DSWD Field Offices. For DSWD NCR: San Rafael St., Legarda, Manila

Those living near the South: DSWD FO IV-A:Alabang-Zapote Road, Alabang, Muntinlupa City 1770 Tel. No: (02) 807-4140Fax No: (02) 807-1518.


I. In-Kind Donation


Please send in-kind local donations to Philippine Red Cross - National Headquarters in Manila. We could also arrange for donation pick-up


1. Send a letter of intent to donate to the PRC.

2. A letter of acceptance from PRC shall be sent back to the donor.

3. Immediately after shipping the goods, please send the (a) original Deed of Donation, (b) copy of packing list and (c) original Airway Bill for air shipments or Bill of Lading for sea shipments to Philippine Red Cross - National Headquarters c/o Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang, Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila 1018, Philippines.

The PRC does not accept rotten, damaged, expired or decayed goods. Though we appreciate your generosity, PRC also discourages donations of old clothes as we have more than enough to go around.

II. Through Cebuana Lhuillier

We can now accept donations in any of the 1,500 Cebuana Lhuillier pawnshops nationwide.

For your donations to be properly acknowledged, please fax the bank transaction slip at nos. +63.2.527.0575 or +63.2.404.0979 with your name, address and contact number.

III. Bank accounts for Donations

Banco De Oro

Peso: 00-453-0018647

Dollar: 10-453-0039482

Bank of the Philippine Islands

Peso: 4991-0036-52

Dollar: 004994-0103-15


Peso: 151-3-041631228

Dollar: 151-2-15100218-2

Philippine National Bank

Peso: 3752 8350 0034

Dollar: 3752 8350 0042

Unionbank of the Philippines

Peso: 1015 4000 0201

Dollar: 1315 4000 0090

All Check/Cash for the account of Philippine Red Cross (Swift Codes)

Banco De Oro


Bank of the Philippine Islands




Philippine National Bank


Unionbank of the Philippines


IV. For Online Donations:

Please fill up the form at -- http://www.redcross.org.ph/donate

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12 December 2011

OFW House Bill: Added Protection to Overseas Filipino Workers

Quezon City Representative, Winston Castelo advocating the best interest of OFWs’ authored the House Bill 5501. Overseas Filipino workers shall have added protection against abusive employers through this bill which will arrest foreign employers as soon as they step onto the Philippine soil.

Added Protection to Overseas Filipino Workers Act of 2011 further strengthened to give more security of OFWs’. This does not only aid, help and resolve conflicts but to persecute abused foreign employers.

With the advocacy of the legislators OFWs’ could move further to a safer destination. For more than 10 million overseas Filipino workers and in a coming year it is foreseen to rise further. It is just and better to give OFWs’ a blanket of security since overseas Filipino workers has been the major contributor of the influx of dollars in the country. OFW remittances will likely to exceed Php 20Billion as target for 2011, just September of this year the total OFW remittances already reached a record amount of Php 14.76 Billion.

OFWs’ were the modern day heroes but more than that as OFWs’ described as real blood heroes for transfusing dollars to the dying Philippine economy.

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06 December 2011

8th Dubai International Film Festival: Cinema of the World

With over 171 film entries from 56 countries, the “Cinema of the World”, Dubai International Film Festival has shown the multi cultural perspectives. The only film festival in Middle East  that even hollywood celebrities came to grace this majestic event. Tom Cruise is just one of those honored icon to walk in the red carpet. Dubai International Film Festival will run from Dec. 04- 14, 2011 with all documentary movies be shown on respective schedules at the Mall of Emirates, Madinat Jumierah.

The Cinema of the World showcases the global diversity of the film industry, countries participated in the 8th Dubai International Film Festival includes US, UK, Canada, Brazil, Singapore, Turkey, Iran, Nigeria, South Africa, among others.

Two Filipino Films being featured in Dubai International Film Festival, “Crossfire” from Arnel Mardoquio and “ Isda” from Adolfo Alix Jr.

Good luck to the Filipino entries; this is an opportunity once again to show the world that Filipino film makers are opting for quality films competitive to the global film making standard. Filipino entries in any other film festival worldwide has always been given due recognition as a masterpiece.


Disclaimer:  picture taken from Inquirer intertainment
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01 December 2011

Philippines Overtakes India as Hub for Call Centers

Business process outsourcing (BPO) has been a blooming indusrty in Asia. By 2020 it is forseen that the BPO industry will steadily  rise, now reaching to a  $ 170 Billion dollar business.  The Philippines overtakes India as hub for call centers. As BPO rises, all call centers establishement floruished in any parts of the Philippine island. Provinces were subdued particularly Cebu, Baguio, Bacolod, Iloilo and Cagayan de Oro.

The rapid growth of the industry showed more than 100 call center offices located elsewhere in the country. Call center services in the Philippines include inbound and outbound. This entails about various categories such as inquiries, help desk, technical support, medical transcription, credit card verification, data encoding, telemarketing, telesurvey and a lot more.

This promising industry has contributed much to the Philippine economy  by employing highly qualified Filipinos regardless of age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and above all educational  attainment. The major factor to get hired is fluency in English and trainable personality. 

Ofshore investors prefer Philippines for BPO business due to the fact that Filipinos are highly westernized and easily trained for the industry. As of the present, many Filipinos professional and highly skilled individual were employed and earning an average of $500 USD a month.

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